Can You Download FaceTime For Android?

Ten great alternatives to FaceTime for Android devices

Facetime on phone

FaceTime wasn't the first video calling app but it may be the most well-known and one of the most widely used. With FaceTime's popularity, Android users may wonder if they can get FaceTime for Android to host their own video and audio chats.

Sorry, Android fans, but the answer is no: You cannot use FaceTime on Android.

Apple doesn't make FaceTime for Android (more on the reasons for this at the end of the article). This means that there are no FaceTime-compatible video calling apps for Android. So, unfortunately, there's simply no way to use FaceTime and Android together. The same thing goes for FaceTime on Windows

But there is good news: FaceTime is just one video-calling app. There are many apps that are Android-compatible and do the same thing as FaceTime.

All of the apps below should work for you no matter which company makes your Android phone, including Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

10 Alternatives to FaceTime For Video Calling on Android

Just because there's no FaceTime for Android doesn't mean that Android users are left out of the video calling fun. Here are some of the top video chat apps available at Google Play.

Facebook Messenger

Screenshot of Facebook Messenger screens on Android devices.
Screenshot, Google Play.

Messenger is the standalone app version of Facebook's web-based messaging feature. Use it to video chat with your Facebook friends. It also offers voice calling (free if you do it over Wi-Fi), text chat, multimedia messages, and group chats. 

Google Duo

Screenshots of Google Duo
Screenshot, Google Play.

Google offers two video calling apps on this list. Hangouts, which comes next, is the more complex option, which supports group calling, voice calls, texting, and more. If you're looking for a simple app devoted just to video calls, though, Google Duo is it. It supports one-to-one video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular.

Google Hangouts

Screenshots of Google Hangouts.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.

Hangouts supports video calls for individuals and groups of up to 10. It also adds voice calling, texting, and integration with other Google services like Google Voice. Use it to make voice calls to any phone number in the world; calls to other Hangouts users are free. (There are also some cool things you can do with Google Hangouts, too.)


Screenshot of the imo app for video calls.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.

imo offers a standard set of features for a video calling app. It supports free video and voice calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi, text chat between individuals and groups, and lets you share photos and videos. One nice feature of imo is that its encrypted chats and calls are more private and secure.


Screenshots of the Line app for video chats.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.
  • Line Cost: Free app, outbound international calls are paid 
  • Platform: Android, Asha, BlackBerry, Chome OS, Firefox OS, iOS, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone 
  • Download at Google Play

Line offers the features common to these apps, but has some key differences. It supports video and voice calls, text chat, and group texts. It differs from other apps due to its social networking features (you can post statuses, comment on friend's statuses, follow celebrities and brands, etc.), mobile payment platform, and paid international calls (check rates), rather than free.


Screenshots of the ooVoo app for video calls.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.
  • ooVoo Cost: Free app, premium upgrades, international and landline calls are paid
  • Platform: Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone, web
  • Download at Google Play

While ooVoo is still available in the Google Play Store, this app is no longer supported. We suggest you use caution when downloading and using this app.

Similar to other apps on this list, ooVoo offers free calls, video calls, and text chat. It adds some nice differences including its support for video calls of up to 12 people, echo reduction for improved audio quality, the ability for users to watch YouTube videos together while they chat, and the option to record video calls on a PC. Premium upgrades remove ads. International and landline calls are paid. 


Screenshots from the Skype video calling app for Android.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.
  • Skype Cost: Free app, calls to landlines and mobiles, and international calls, are paid
  • Platform: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows, Windows Phone
  • Download at Google Play

Skype is one of the oldest, most well known, and most widely used video calling apps. It offers both voice and video calls, text chat, screen and file sharing, and much more. It also supports a wider range of devices, including some smart TVs and game consoles. The app is free, but calls to landlines and mobile phones, as well as international calls, are paid as you go or by subscription (check rates).


Screenshots from the Tango app for video calls.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.

You won't pay for any calls – international, landlines, otherwise – when you use Tango, though it does offer in-app purchases of e-cards and "surprise packs" of stickers, filters, and games. It also supports voice and video calls, text chat, and media sharing. Tango has some social features including public chat rooms and the ability to "follow" other users.


Screenshots from the Viber messaging app with video call capabilities.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.
  • Viber Cost: Free app, in-app purchases, landline and mobile calls are paid 
  • Platform: Android, iOS, Mac, Windows
  • Download at Google Play

Viber ticks practically every box for an app in this category. It offers free video and voice calls, text chat with individuals and groups up to 200 people, sharing photos and videos, and even in-app games. In-app purchases let you add stickers to spice up your communications. Calling to landlines and mobiles is paid; only Viber-to-Viber calls are free.


Screenshots of the WhatsApp app for messaging and video calling.
Screenshot, Google Play Store.

WhatsApp became widely known when Facebook bought it for US$19 billion in 2014. Since then it's grown to over 1 billion monthly users. Those people enjoy a robust set of features, including free app-to-app voice and video calls worldwide, the ability to send recorded audio messages and text messages, group chats, and sharing photos and videos.

Why You Can't Get FaceTime for Android

While it may not be possible for Android users to talk using FaceTime, we've just seen that there are plenty of other video calling options. You just need to make sure that both people have the same video calling apps on their phones. Android may be open source (though that may not be completely accurate) and allow for a lot of customization by users but to add features and customizations, cooperation from third parties is often required. 

In theory, FaceTime is compatible with Android, since it uses common audio, video, and networking technologies. But to make it work, either Apple would need to release an official version for Android or developers would need to create a compatible app. Both things are unlikely to happen. 

Developers probably won't be able to create a compatible app since FaceTime is encrypted end to end and creating a compatible app would require breaking that encryption or having Apple open it.

It's possible that Apple could bring FaceTime to Android – Apple originally said that it planned to make FaceTime an open standard but it's been years and nothing has happened – so that's very unlikely. Apple and Google are locked in a battle for control of the smartphone market. Keeping FaceTime exclusive to the iPhone can give it an edge and perhaps spur people to adopt Apple's products. 

FaceTime isn't the only highly sought-after Apple technology that people want to use on Android. Lots of folks love iMessage, too. There's good news on that front, Android users: there's a way to use iMessage on Android. Find out how in iMessage For Android: How to Get It And Use It.